7/20/2009 12:00 AM
The final week of the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s three weeks of summer fire training schools began today with 2,138 students and 456 guest instructors in attendance.
Last year, the Municipal Fire School drew 2,048 students.
In all, 37 different courses are being held this week, with some courses having multiple sections. Firefighting Phase I (399 students), Firefighting Phase II (303 students) and Firefighting Phase III (214 students) – which is equivalent to Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced coursework, respectively – are the most popular courses.
Other course topics include:
- Aircraft Emergencies
- Advanced Municipal Fire Operations
- Fire Investigation
- Compressed Air Foam Systems
- Emergency Care Attendant
- Pump Maintenance and Operations
- Fire Prevention
- Fire Service Officer Development
- Public Fire Educator
- Public Information Officer
- Rescue (Rope, Trench, Automobile, Ag and Confined Space)
Other Fire School Stats:
- Students From Texas: 2,101
- Students from USA: 2,127 (11 students are from Equatorial Guinea in Africa)
- Number of fire and volunteer fire departments represented: 609
Reminder: On Wednesday, July 22, TEEX will host its annual Public Demonstration at Brayton Fire Training Field, which is also free to the public. Gates open at 7 p.m. and a children’s fire-awareness class begins at 7:30 p.m. Immediately following the awareness class, TEEX instructors will explain and demonstrate techniques used to extinguish fires on some of the largest live-fueled training props in the world.
Media: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. are good times to cover the event. Please contact Chuck Glenewinkel (contact info below) to schedule a time to visit the fire field. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required on the fire field.
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TEEX continues to remain at the helm of the fire training industry by featuring a new chemical refinery fire training facility, a structural burn complex, a liquefied natural gas training facility and the Henry D. Smith Operations Complex, which houses a welcome center and state-of-the-art classrooms. TEEX offers hands-on, customized training, technical assistance and emergency response services impacting Texas and beyond. Agency programs include fire services, homeland security, public safety and security, public works, safety and health, search and rescue and economic development.